Malnutrition is related to employment. And we have the EGS as a law. So within the existing framework one can provide employment and good nutrition. Let the EGS planning happen at the village level rather then at the level of the districts and taluka.
Supervision system would be difficult. The scheme says that different committees should be formed for supervision like village education committee; village health committee etc. and all schemes should be participatory at every level, at the planning stage, implementation stage and the supervisory stage. Joint forest management should also be participatory.
Traditional village food is nutritious but our culture likes to accept food from outside for combating nutrition, like hand pound rice. This is also playing in to the hands of big business interests from outside.
Migrant workers- there is no court orders that include the food security of migrant people. One must differentiate between malnutrition and starvation- malnutrition is a long term and chronic problem, where as starvation is about non- availability of food.
Intervention for starvation deaths should be like an emergency intervention. To immediately send food for the area.
Session III –
ICDS Scheme in Maharashtra - by Yamini Chaudhary
As per the report received from the State Government of Maharashtra, the estimated tribal population in the 15 districts is 66,85,880 and of these 8,19,220 are children in the 0-6 years age-group. Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme which aims at holistic development of children in the age group of 0-6 years and pregnant and lactating mothers
Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food
17 and 18 September 2005, Nagpur